Growing Local with Colby Museum of Art
March 30 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Join MFT and Colby College Museum of Art for a screening of Growing Local at Railroad Square Cinema. Olivia Fountain, Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow at the Colby College Museum of Art will provide the opening remarks and Ellen Sabina of MFT will lead the Q & A post-the screening. This screening is presented in conjunction with the installation SEED-O-MATIC, currently located in Cotter Union, Colby College. Free and open to the public!
Growing Local points to both the vibrancy and the growing pains of the local food movement in Maine, and the uncertain fate of the farmers and farmland that keep it alive. While “buying local” is on the rise, these three poignant vignettes make clear that small farms and access to locally produced food is not a sure thing.These stories help us to better understand the interconnected fates of farmers and farmland, consumers and the local food movement. The films are a collaboration between MFT and Seedlight Pictures and debuted at the 2014 Camden International Film Festival.
SEED-O-MATIC is a vending machine that dispenses seeds and the soil needed to grow them, raising questions about agricultural biodiversity, seed saving, and access to fresh food in the 21st century. A playful take on the fast-food found in most vending machines, the seeds will need a couple of months to grow into healthy snacks. The machine is stocked with varieties of lettuce, herbs, kale, and other vegetables supplied by Fedco Seeds and local farmers. SEED-O-MATIC, currently located in Cotter Union, Colby College. It will be on view through May 8, 2020.